LA Phil’s new music series brings ‘Angels in America’ to Disney Hall
Somehow, tickets are still available for this week’s West Coast premiere of ‘Angels in America’ in downtown LA. Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of their maverick Green Umbrella Series, this adaptation of Tony Kushner‘s historic two-part play makes AIDS operatic through the music of Peter Eötvös. The impressive cast includes our own Brian Asawa and Abdiel Gonzalez, and is led by conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, enticingly described in the PR copy as “stylistically omnivorous”. The play itself still packs a wallop and wields considerable influence more than twenty years later, after numerous productions, translations and adaptations. The powerful story puts a human face to the epidemic that has touched so many millions, and the music for this treatment has been “truly theatrical music” by the New York Times.